Videos on forced labour

June 2014

  1. Watch: New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.

  2. ILC adopts new Protocol to help eliminate forced labour

    11 June 2014

    The International Labour Conference has voted 437 to 8 to adopt a new protocol on forced labour. Delegates have hailed the move as a major step in the fight against contemporary forms of forced labour.

  3. Forced Labour Committee grapples with modernising 84 year old convention

    06 June 2014

    One of the key questions before the International Labour Conference (ILC) this year is how to reform the Forced Labour Convention. Originally adopted in 1930, Convention 29 is widely considered by delegates to be in need of change to help the millions of people affected by forced labour globally.

May 2014

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    International Labour Conference opens with calls to address migration and forced labour

    28 May 2014

    The 103rd annual International Labour Conference began Wednesday in Geneva. Thousands of delegates representing governments, employees and employers have gathered to discuss and address issues surrounding migration, forced labour and the formalization of the global workforce.

  2. Forced labour has no place in our society, says ILO

    20 May 2014

    Forced labour in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year, according to a new ILO report. To stop forced labour, there needs to be a "combination of very efficient prevention measures and very effective protection measures for victims, and also getting those that are using forced labour to pay and compensate the victims," says Corinne Vargha, Chief of the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, in an interview with the BBC.

  3. ILO's Director-General urges immediate action to eradicate forced labour

    20 May 2014

  4. Presentation concerning standard setting on forced labour

    16 May 2014

    In June 2014, the ILO’s International Labour Conference (ILC) will consider an agenda item entitled Supplementing the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), to address implementation gaps to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, to effectively achieve the elimination of forced labour. This presentation provides an overview of the standard-setting process and elements of the proposed instrument(s) presented in Report IV(2A) and 2(B): Strengthening action to end forced labour.

  5. ILO's Approach to Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    08 May 2014

    MAGNET is the ILO's regional migration and governance network. It aims to improve the governance and protection of male and female migrant workers in different economic sectors.

March 2014

  1. Meet the descendants of Solomon Northup from "12 Years A Slave"

    25 March 2014

    Streamed live on 25 March 2014 - On the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, ILO hung out with the descendants of Solomon Northup, whose life and memoir inspired the film "12 Years A Slave". ILO's expert on modern slavery, Beate Andrees, also joined the discussion to talk about forced labour today and the battle to stamp out. The Guardian's Holly Young moderated.

December 2013

  1. 2013: The world of work in pictures

    20 December 2013

    From disaster recovery, to rising unemployment and the protection of workers across the globe, ILO News looks back at the most memorable events and images from the World of Work in 2013.